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This is a blissful full-body oil massage focused on pure relaxation. It is a full-body treatment that combines the soothing and physiological power of massage with the therapeutic and mood-lifting qualities of aromatic essential oils. Each essential oil is extracted from a particular plant or bark and each has its own unique properties which can affect you – relaxing or invigorating you as required – both by absorption through your skin as well as inhalation.
So all you need to do is lie back, take in the aromas of the oil and drift away as muscle pain, tension, stress and anxiety all melt. At the end of your massage, oil will be removed by the masseuse using warm towels and you will feel rejuvenated and refreshed.
At Thai Kosai we use several blends of massage oil, each of which is hand-blended by our trained aromatherapist. If you prefer we can also use odourless oil if you want the relaxing massage experience without the aroma! The masseuse will use her fingers, palms and forearms to gently apply the appropriate pressure to muscles and pressure points. The pressure is enough to work out muscle tension, deeper layers of muscle are not targeted, as in a deep tissue massage.
Also check out our blog post on finding a relaxing body massage oil
How does aromatherapy work?
Aromatherapy, often considered a new-age alternative therapy, has actually been employed as a healing practice in Europe since the 12th century. The treatment is founded upon the inherent properties of natural aromatic plant compounds as a cognitive and physiological stimulus. These compounds are developed into essential oils which are absorbed through the skin
The term aromatherapy was coined in the 1920’s by French professor and chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse. While working, Gattefosse accidentally burnt his hand and unthinkingly submerged it in lavender oil to ease the pain. Following a swift recovery he observed that the lavender had assisted the healing and also had prevented scaring. He went on to use essential oils in his treatment of wounded soldiers during World War I before publishing his work and so the modern incarnation of aromatherapy was born.
Even older evidence suggests that the ancient Egyptians also used plant extracts for traditional ceremonies. It is believed they chose certain plant extracts for their antiseptic and antibacterial qualities. The Greeks and the Persians also used plant extracts but discovered that they could heighten the efficacy of the oils by combining them with massage, just as we do at Thai Kosai with our aromatherapy massage.